Quotes from the baseball community
"Our ability to generate stats has gotten way ahead of our ability to make any sense of it… it's going to take a lot of work by people like Mr. Kaplan before we understand what all this means."
v Bill James (LA Times)
"Wow. Good stuff. It would be a big help to me if I was advancing for the World Series – especially if I had it early and could confirm with my own eyes. It gives scouts a great lead-in and allows them to concentrate on other minute things that might win games."
v Former World Champion GM
“Until Kaplan got into the act, talent scouts tracked players on written notes that they later stuffed into file drawers…Now he’s developed databases and decision-support systems for just about every Major League team in the country.”
"I would love to get another printed report. I spent a long time look at it this offseason, and it really helped my preparation. It was a real eye opener and very informative study on my pitches. It was amazing!"
v MLB World Series starter
"Amazing! We didn’t see Anaheim for five weeks, and this really helped us prepare for the series."
v MLB Manager
“Kaplan has already has devised three formulas that could, if instituted, change the way managers handle their bullpens.”
v Baseball America
“… he can crunch numbers the way Jose Canseco crunches fastballs. When it comes to computing statistics, Ari Kaplan is The Natural. Baseball is beckoning because as any fan knows, the sport thrives on numbers – and more so than ever in the computing age.”
v LA Times
“Keeping track of thousands of baseball scouting reports for minor and major league teams can be very cumbersome. Especially remembering where you filed them. Well, there's a new software program to help sort out all of this mess. Joining us today is Ari Kaplan, the man behind this new program…And it’s the best thing since sliced bread.”
v CNN interview (with anchor Sean Callebs)
"Ari Kaplan's research has strengthened my arguments, and greatly improved the quality of my baseball content. Listeners and colleagues always react extremely well when observations are backed up with inventive, quantifiable data.
v Matt Spiegel, 670 The Score"
“Many a baseball manager has spent seasons learning statistics and scouting before heading to the dugout…Making sense of players and their stats is probably the single most important job of the manager.”
v Contract Professional cover story
“Like many kids growing up in New Jersey in the 1980s, Ari Kaplan avidly followed the New York Mets and star pitcher David Cone. But Mr. Kaplan was a baseball nut with a high understanding of math. While others filled out box scores, he formulated equations to track the pitching staff's performance.”
v Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” award
“He really has a love for the game, and he is very knowledgeable.”
v Bill Harford, independent scout for the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins
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See the Today Show interview transcript .
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Times Article .
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See a 1991
Trenton Times Article.